CNET On Cars: Smarter Driver: Is teen driving getting safer?
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CNET On Cars: Smarter Driver: Is teen driving getting safer?

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Brian Cooley looks at new data on teen driving that shows some positive trends in attitudes and behaviors.

[MUSIC] State Farm and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found some encouraging trends around teen drivers in a way you probably don't think of when teens are passengers. In the last few years, 30% fewer teens were killed in a crash involving a teen driver. 54% of teen passengers report always wearing a seatbelt. And 14% fewer teens reported getting into a car driven by a friend who'd had been drinking. Still, car crashes remain the number one cause of death for teenagers approaching the total of the next two largest causes combined and three times more likely for them, than people over 20. [MUSIC] Now turning to teens as drivers, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia says there are three hot buttons to focus on keep reducing the teen death driving trend. First, reduce distraction from other passengers and technology. A third of teens still admit to texting or emailing while driving. Julie watch out! [NOISE] Increase their skills in scanning for hazard detection and speed management. See our recent smarter driver segments on these exact techniques. And increase seat belt use. That 54% always number we mentioned is a good trend but not a good enough number certainly not compared to the 84% of the US population overall. It pays to double check that your teen is getting good habits in the car regardless of what side of it they're sitting in. [MUSIC]

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